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Poster: high flow Date: Aug 2, 2012 11:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Worst Concert You've Been To?

I went to a Phil Lesh sing-along which was horrifying. The auditorium was fully lit and the folks around looked the way I felt....."WTF did I get myself into....??"

Also saw Jonathon Richman at a small bar and he was uninspired so the audience simply turned away and commenced to socialize. The whole deal was just weird.

I can't recall any other times when I have walked-out before the end.

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Poster: high flow Date: Aug 2, 2012 1:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Worst Concert You've Been To?

"Since their early years, the Grateful dead has always been involved in giving back to the community, first by playing numerous benefits for Bay Area organizations, and later by forming their own charitable organization, The Rex Foundation. In 1997, Phil and Jill Lesh, looking to continue the tradition, as well as harness the vast energy, talents , and dedication of the Deadheads formed The Unbroken Chain Foundation. Unbroken Chain Foundation is an all-volunteer non-profit with minimal overhead expenses. With funds raised through benefit shows, Unbroken Chain Foundation (UBC) has donated grants to other non-profits that support music, the environment, or education.

The first benefit show in December 1997 was a group sing-along between musicians and audience called Philharmonia."

- http://www.jambands.com/features/2012/02/11/phil-lesh-celebrates-new-friends-april-1999/

"'BLACKBIRD' SING-ALONG
The spirit of the event proved contagious. By the end, Weir was moved to try and teach the audience how to sing the Beatles' "Blackbird" as a round.

The results were so disastrous, the audience burst into laughter.

Not that these songs were all that simple to learn. Even a studied professional such as Nash had to interrupt Lesh at one point to ask where he was supposed to come in.

As scrupulous as Lesh may have been about organizing the other parts of the concert, he left the musical performances largely to chance.

But the appeal of the Grateful Dead remains powerful more than two years after the death of guitarist Jerry Garcia.

Fans standing outside in the downpour were offering more than $100 for prized ducats to even this flimsy association with the band's storied past.

"People like to see us just standing together," said Dead drummer Mickey Hart. "We don't even have to play music.""

http://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/article/Working-the-Audience-Lesh-Thomas-Dead-members-2819058.php

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Poster: Reade Date: Aug 2, 2012 4:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Worst Concert You've Been To?

Thanks. I remember him pimping this on the radio, but never knew how it turned out.
Hubris on parade. Philharmonia? Sounds like it was anything but.
The Hart quote to end that article ("People like to see us just standing together," said Dead drummer Mickey Hart. "We don't even have to play music.") bugs me. It's very much in the same vein as Phil charging 1000$ for "Total Immersion" at his restaurant which translated means maybe you get a brief audience with him?
None of this BS would be going on if the sheriff was still in town.

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Aug 3, 2012 4:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Worst Concert You've Been To?

That is very funny.

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Poster: Reade Date: Aug 2, 2012 12:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Worst Concert You've Been To?

I'd absolutely love more details on the Phil thing..... Do tell.......